Pak-Japan’s new initiative – The Financial Daily
Karachi: “The AOTS of Japan is well prepared to offer new initiatives to enhance, enhance and upgrade the technical and entrepreneurial skills of employees and employees of Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) member companies, free of cost or is offering subsidized programs online or on visits to Japan. These will be offered through various planned programs in order to profitably provide modern methods and systems, New Delhi said in a press release. Eiji Teshima, the newly appointed regional director of the AOTS office in Karachi, said this at a meeting organized by the EFP in Karachi.
Teshima recalled the support and cooperation extended by AOTS to EFP over the past decades and highlighted the benefits that the trainees as well as the companies have achieved. He said that unfortunately, COVID restricted visits to Japan, but despite this, AOTS continued to provide online programmes, which actually benefited many more which was not possible in physical mode.
“Japan is easing all COVID restrictions from October 10 and this will allow AOTS to invite trainees to Japan. He said that one or two seminars would be held in Japan in the coming months, while more events of one week to two weeks would be organized in the next financial year.
The regional director further elaborated that AOTS now plans to expand its support to African countries. In addition, specialist remittance programs will be held, but only for Japanese companies located abroad, including in Pakistan. Another project for Japanese companies and foreign-based employees of these companies will cover the costs for universities while lectures will be subsidized by AOTS.
He said that seminars would be organized focusing on sustainability and environment. He offered AOTS full support in assisting any Quality Assurance based company in Pakistan with regard to providing certification under Japanese International Standards.
Earlier, Acting President EFP Zaki Ahmed Khan while welcoming the guest appreciated the support extended by AOTS to EFP.
He called for more programs for EFP members, including seminars and training programs in Pakistan. He renewed the invitation to hold the annual AOTS workshop in Karachi and reminded him that the EFP has been lobbying for this for many years. He further stated that EFP attaches great importance to AOTS programs and informed that many companies are seeking to include their employees and employees in programs in Japan.
Former EFP chairman Majeed Aziz proposed that the AOTS should now consider Pakistan for more programs, including Japan and Pakistan. He recalled that when he was invited to Tokyo, he had convinced the President and Managing Director to organize the event in Karachi and was successful in this regard and even the Managing Director joined the AOTS team. Motivated to conduct programs in Karachi. He also offered the services of experts from the EFP membership to train and mentor counterparts in Africa. He further advised that since the EFP is the apex body of Pakistani employers, the AOTS should work closely with the EFP to achieve common objectives.
Fasihul Karim Siddiqui, Senior Advisor to EFP, proposed that AOTS could help establish EFP Skills University in Karachi to provide advanced skills to Pakistani workers. He further added that EFP has the means and means to develop curriculum, hire teachers and provide all services to make the enterprise a success.
He also informed that EFP, in collaboration with IBA, which is a premier vocational education institution, is conducting Diploma courses in Employment Laws and Industrial Relations for Senior HR Officers of member companies. He requested the AOTS to facilitate by providing Japanese lecturers, online and physical, so that these officers can learn more from the Japanese system.
EFP Secretary-General Syed Nazar Ali stressed the urgent need for skill development and said that in his opinion, Japanese methods would be very useful and beneficial to Pakistanis. Feroz Alam, EFP Director and President EFP AOTS Alumni Society of Pakistan, said the organization will become more effective now as the pandemic crisis is now practically over. He said that AOTS alumni in Pakistan are eager to promote AOTS and would also be interested to mentor and guide future trainees.